No-one in their right mind would ever suggest that parents get their children involved in cooking from an early age so that they can put their feet up and send a teenager into the kitchen to rustle up dinner as soon as they get home from school. We’re not saying it doesn’t happen, especially as kids get older, but it usually isn’t the prime motivating factor.
Instead, getting the kids involved with cooking is usually used as a great way to get them to eat what they are given. Food is one of the biggest things that needs to be demystified in the eyes of children, and what better way to achieve this than to get them helping out in the kitchen and assisting in making certain recipes from a young age?
We looked at five great meals and recipes you can use to help introduce your kids to the kitchen, and cooking in general.
Pasta dishes in general are excellent for involving children and teaching them a number of cooking basics. One of the easiest to make, as well as one of the tastiest, is spaghetti carbonara. Naturally, you aren’t going to have your child over a boiling pan of pasta, however you can easily involve them in mixing up the ingredients needed for the carbonara sauce.
Is there a bigger staple food in a child’s diet than fish fingers? Okay, so adults love them too, and it’s important to note that you can follow the same principles to make chicken nuggets, too.
It’s very simple, all you need is to make a simple batter, or simply mix breadcrumbs with an egg yolk to get a great covering before putting them in the oven.
These are great for allowing children to create their own burgers and stick to what they like. Get your kids to break down some beef mince, mix it up with onions, peppers, egg and breadcrumbs, leaving you to take care of the cooking.
Place lettuce, tomatoes, and other salad ingredients in bowls so they can then build their own tasty burger once cooked.
This is another that you can do easily and use a whole variety of breakfast cereals. We plumped for melting our own chocolate and mixing them with cornflakes. Quick, easy, and much loved by children everywhere!
You will again be needed for putting in and out of the oven, but your kids can generally make the rest of this themselves. All you need is tomatoes, eggs, bread, and ovenproof bowls, and away you go. Put the tomatoes – or vegetable of your choice – in the base of the bowl, the egg on top, and the bread for dippy soldiers later. Easy!
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